Solitude (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
A literary sanctuary for what Shakespeare called “sessions of sweet silent thought,” this exquisite gathering of poems speaks to the consolations of solitude. Here is Wordsworth wandering “lonely as a cloud”; Poe confiding “all I loved, I loved alone”; Yeats’s communion with “the deep heart’s core”; and Han Shan’s heart of a hermit, “clean as a white lotus.” From Sir Edwar...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Everyman's Library
(first published January 2005)
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An excellent collection, grouped into sections ('On the virtues of solitude', 'On absence and longing', 'On loneliness and despair', 'On mind and soul', 'Alone among others', 'In the stillness of night') which supports reading for specific purposes. This book can be read with intent either to support healthy solitude, or to encourage putting aside/getting over loneliness--there is no judgment inherent in the selections or their categorization. There is a good mix of classic and newer poetry, tho...more
Carmela Ciuraru is not a pseudonym. Her anthologies include First Loves: Poets Introduce the Essential Poems That Captivated and Inspired Them (Scribner) and Solitude Poems (Alfred A. Knopf/Everyman’s Library). A graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School, she is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN American Center. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles T...moreMore about Carmela Ciuraru...